St. Louis Back Talking to Clemson

RB Stephen Simmons
5-7, 169, 4.5
St. Louis University High School
St. Louis, Missouri

You won't find many running backs as talented as Stephen Simmons in the Midlands, but the one label that will continue to be put on Simmons is his size.

"I expected to have a few offers by now, but all of the schools have basically told me they are worried about my size," said Simmons. "They are worried with my ability to pick up the blitz and be able to take on defenders, but I just tell them to watch my film, and watch my progress as I continue to get bigger and stronger."

Despite any concerns, Simmons has still drawn plenty of interest, and will be a name to watch this summer.

"I took a junior day visit to Northwestern, and liked it quite a bit. Their running back coach told me there are no promises made, and I have to work to earn my spot. He said he was more worried about my heart than my size."

"I've gotten interest from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Oklahoma State. Kansas has told me that I'm their second option behind Munir Prince, who they've offered, in this region. I also have been talking to Clemson a lot via email, and they want me to come to their camp to make sure that I'm at least as big as I say I am," stated Simmons.

Scout.com can verify Simmon's size from his attendance at the US Army All-American Combine where he measured in at 5'7 and 169 pounds, and he states he currently weighs in at 175. He also currently participating in track where he recorded personal bests of 10.69 and 21.6 in the 100 and 200, respectively.

One program that has yet to show him much interest is the home state Missouri Tigers.

"They haven't even really been sending me that much mail. I was on their campus for a function earlier this spring, and when I walked by one of their coaches, he didn't even recongize me. I'm not sure why they don't have interest in me, but I can't worry about that," stated Simmons.

As a junior, Simmons rushed for 1269 yards and 14 touchdowns on 212 carries, and caught 12 receptions for 86 yards. He holds a 2.6 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.

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